Appalachian Highlands Resources for Native Plants – 2022
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Where can I see a garden of native plants?

  • Jacob’s Nature Park, Johnson City, TN
  • Blue Ridge Discovery Center, Konarock, VA (south of Chilhowie)
  • Damascus Trail Center, Damascus, VA
  • Steele Creek Park, Bristol, TN
  • Discovery Gardens, Gray Fossil Site, Gray, TN

I’d like more background on the importance of wildlife habitat.

  • Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy
  • Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy
  • The Nature of Oaks by Douglas W. Tallamy
  • The Living Landscape by Rick Darke & Doug Tallamy
  • Gardening With the Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place by Margie Hunter
  • Garden Revolution by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher

I’d like guidance in designing my native habitat and selecting native plants. Where can I talk to a knowledgeable nurseryman within about 2-3 hours from the Tri Cities?

I’m ready for a native plant buying road trip, where can I go?

How can I get the unusual native plants not available locally?

I like to go to workshops and meet people with similar interests, are there any in the area?

It’s a rainy day for me to browse native plant Web sites, give me some starters.

Where can I learn if a plant is native to my area?

I like reference books to consult, any suggestions?

  • The Southeast Native Plant Primer by Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross
  • Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont by Timothy P. Spira
  • Wildflowers by William Cullina
  • Native Trees, Shrubs and Vines by William Cullina
  • Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians by Dennis Horn, Tavia Cathcart, and Tom Hemmerly
  • Butterflies of Tennessee by Rita Venable
  • Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place by Margie Hunter

How can I get rid of those nasty weeds and invasive plants?

What are some native plant podcasts I can listen to?

  • Native Plant Podcast
  • Growing Greener
  • In Defense of Plants
  • Native Plants Healthy Planet
  • Nature Revisited